Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Feb 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, Feb 22.


 

Russia orders troops to Ukraine separatist regions after Putin recognises them as independent

Putin instructed the military to “keep the peace” in Donetsk and Lugansk.

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World leaders condemn Russian decision on Ukraine

Germany, France and the United States have agreed to respond to the Russian move.

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Europe's sword and shield against Russia

EU and Nato have been preparing for a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Questions remain as to the sustainability of such plans, says global affairs correspondent Jonathan Eyal.

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Not time to have Covid-19 party, even if Omicron infections are milder: Experts

The elderly and those with poor immunity are still likely to get very sick, says panellist at NUS webinar.

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S'pore quietly confident in dealing with Omicron wave: Lawrence Wong

It has a high vaccination rate and most Covid-19 patients have milder symptoms, he says in a TV interview.

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A balanced Budget with focus on building for the future: ST-UOB panel

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Five of the key points raised during the ST-UOB roundtable – moderated by ST associate editor Vikram Khanna – were the need for businesses to transform, sustainability, the GST increase, options for gig workers and support for SMEs.

"There's something for the households, something for businesses, and a very big thing is the green economy," said a panellist.

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Supply chain woes leave some fashion brands unable to cash in on Chinese New Year sales

From shortage of raw materials to more Covid-19 cases, retailers face difficulties managing inventories.

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Punggol resident almost impaled by tree that fell on car during thunderstorm

"I'm scared now just looking at trees, especially when it's raining," he said.

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StarHub secures broadcast rights to English Premier League for six seasons

It is understood the cross-carriage arrangement between Singtel and StarHub, in place since 2013, will continue.

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Singer JJ Lin sues netizen for defamation

A Chinese law firm has begun legal proceedings on behalf of the singer against a person called Xie Minghao.

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